Energy Dept.: Cyberthreats to electricity system growing quickly | Sensors, data help improve snow plowing in Mich. | Neb. county's 911 system has no backup in case of outages
January 10, 2017
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Energy Dept.: Cyberthreats to electricity system growing quickly
Energy Dept.: Cyberthreats to electricity system growing quickly
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An Energy Department report says a cyberattack could cause a widespread power outage that could affect public health and safety, hinder critical defense infrastructure and hurt the economy. Such threats to the US electricity system "are increasing in sophistication, magnitude, and frequency," the department says.
Bloomberg (1/6) 
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Sensors, data help improve snow plowing in Mich.
The Michigan Department of Transportation uses a variety of technology to better plan for snowstorms. The maintenance decision support system uses data from sensors, snow-removal equipment, salt application rates, speed and weather forecasts to help plan ahead.
Traffic Technology Today (U.K.) (1/5) 
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Neb. county's 911 system has no backup in case of outages
The 911 emergency call system in Douglas County, Neb., has no backup, leaving callers hearing a busy signal when outages occur. Officials say a fix for the problem is likely years away.
Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (1/5) 
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Employee Benefits
Report: Many state, local pensions reduced benefits after financial crisis
Nearly three-quarters of 114 state pension funds examined in a study lowered benefits between 2009 and 2014, according to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. Meanwhile, 57% of 132 local-government plans made reductions during the same time frame, data show.
Pensions & Investments (free access for SmartBrief readers) (1/3) 
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Ryan says ACA replacement will be developed this year
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Republican lawmakers intend to write legislation this year to replace the Affordable Care Act, responding to concerns that the law would be repealed without a clear alternative. Congressional Republicans have not been clear on whether any replacement would cover everyone currently covered through ACA exchanges, but Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, reiterated his campaign promises, stating, "We don't want anyone who currently has insurance to not have insurance."
The Hill (1/5),  Bloomberg (1/5),  The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (1/5) 
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Higher Education
FAFSA changes cause glitch for some applicants
A federal rule allowing students to file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid earlier has led to some glitches, especially where family income data has changed from what was previously reported, admissions officials say. Some schools, such as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, are working to cover gaps in federal aid for students until the discrepancies are resolved.
InsideHigherEd.com (1/4) 
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How college campuses can fight ransomware
About 17% of all data breaches occur in higher-education institutions, according to a research cited in a report from BitSight Insight -- with about 13% of the higher-education sector having been infected by ransomware. This article lists four best practices for meeting data security challenges.
eCampus News (free registration) (1/4) 
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Leadership & Management
Tomorrow's leaders could be under your nose
Organizations need better means of identifying future leaders who may not be the obvious choice for promotion, write Kevin Lane, Alexia Larmaraud and Emily Yueh. "When potential leaders refrain from identifying themselves or fail to follow a conventional path up the organizational ladder, companies have to look actively for them," they argue.
McKinsey Quarterly (free registration) (1/2017) 
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News From Aon
Stroz Friedberg releases 2017 Cybersecurity Predictions report
Stroz Friedberg, an Aon company, predicts that 2017 will usher in intensified cyberattacks, new regulations and a shift in how businesses approach cyberrisk management. The new report outlines six predictions for 2017 to help security professionals and business leaders prepare for the most significant cyberthreats in the coming year. Read about the top risks.
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20th Aon Risk Pooling Symposium 2017 -- New Realities in Risk
Please join the Aon Risk Pooling Practice for the 20th Risk Pooling Symposium, happening July 23 to 26, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, just outside Albuquerque, N.M. We will be delivering timely information and entertaining sessions on topics important to your pool. Topics will include changing public perceptions about law enforcement, new technologies affecting government risks, cyberexposures, active shooters and potential fallout from Brexit. Register.
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